“Taste On The Beach” to Present Films, Live Musical Performances, Food, to Benefit Long Beach Soup Kitchen
July 23, 2015
LONG ISLAND, NY – This year, the Long Beach International Film Festival is taking the concept of “Dinner and a Movie” to a whole new level. On August 7th (RAIN DATE: August 8th) beginning at 5pm, on the beach between National Blvd. and Edwards Blvd. in Long Beach NY. The event is set to be the biggest beach party of the Summer, with Films, Live Musical Performances, Food, Wine, Craft Beers and of course positive vibes.
First, experience Taste On The Beach presented by Infiniti of Lynbrook – where foodies and music lovers alike can indulge in local Long Beach fare and other top regionally based restaurants’ finest foods, wine, craft beer and cocktails while rubbing elbows with celebrities such as Liza Huber of “Passions” and Sage Spoonfuls fame as well as renowned Culinary masterminds and personalities like Chef Nicole Roarke of Heneghan’s Tavern, Rob Petrone from Verizon Fios1 TV’s Restaurant Hunter and Danny Gagnon from Top Chef – & more. As you dine, enjoy live musical performances from International recording artist Connell Cruise and local reggae superstars Oogee Wawa along with a host of other acts.
Afterwards, the 4th Annual “Shorts on the Beach“. Among the many interesting titles being featured will include Director Brooke Wagstaff’s animated film and Award-winning Vimeo Staff Pick “Missing U”; an animated tale about the letter “I” and her perilous adventure in search of her missing “U”. As a Long Island highlight, Director Peter Frizalone’s HBO Project Greenlight Top 200 “Mommy” will be making its World Premiere and begging the question “Do you know who is in your house?”.
Other films include Director Chris Jordan-Bloch’s documentary on an ever-growing world issue “Dryden- The Small Town That Changed the Fracking Game” where the power of community takes on the power of fracking; Director/Producer Stephanie Donnelly’s narrative/comedy “The Cannoli” where a Long Island family dinner turns tragic and a choice must be made between dessert and family; Director Sarah Menzies’ San Diego Surf Film Festival Best Short winning documentary “Catch It”, which follows Léa Brassy as her nomadic lifestyle takes a pause and she finds serenity in the Arctic surf of Northern Norway; and Croatian Director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovi?’s World Premiere of “Eye for an Eye”, in which child’s play turns into a showdown of imagination and discipline.
The evenings events support the Long Beach Food & Friendship INN, “lovingly know as The Long Beach Soup Kitchen”, a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization established in 1983 to feed hungry people in the Long Beach area. Annually, the organization serves over 6,500 hot meals and provides over 6,500 take away lunches and delivers 6,200 lunches for Long Beach students participating in Project Excellence. The INN’s Network of soup kitchens includes 14 soup kitchens in 21 locations across Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Schedule of Events
5:00PM: Red Carpet opens. Live Music kicks off with Benoir, Michelle Medoff, Mark Newman, Oogee Wawa and more.
6:00PM Taste On The Beach opens with restaurants, wineries and craft breweries coming together to give a sampling of their favorite dish/bottle/brew.
9:00PM Taste on the Beach ends. Shorts On The Beach begins with such shorts as NYC director Cindy Allen’s “Trust Design” and Peter Frizalone’s “Mommy”
Long Beach International Film Festival Programmer Steve Shor recently said of the event, “The Shorts on the Beach program is a wonderful representation of what is in store for the Long Beach International Film Festival in September.
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